Today’s Thinking

Murdo Fraser
Fracking and smacking bans show the Greens now call the shots

Fracking and smacking bans show the Greens now call the shots

IT HAS BEEN a bad week for the SNP Government. The roof is falling in at Bute House, meaning that Nicola Sturgeon and her husband have had to move out and into a hotel (at ...

Jonathan Stanley
The Full Jared stripped bare is no monster

The Full Jared stripped bare is no monster

AFTER JARED O'MARA burst onto the stage sometime Tuesday the Twitterati had a right old meltdown.

The humanity, oh the humanity! How could some beast defeat Cleggers and become MP for the ...

Jonathan Stanley
We need more right-of-centre opinions

We need more right-of-centre opinions

AS A EUROSCEPTIC right winger, I have seen for many years now a growing gap on the right. With all the talk of uniting the right for Brexit it's easy to loose sight of reality.
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Jim Sillars
Public or Private? Let’s not worry about the colour of a cat that catches mice

Public or Private? Let’s not worry about the colour of a cat that catches mice

AT THE OUTSET, let me say that I am glad that there is now, through ThinkScotland, a forum for people on the Right to explore public policy ideas, critique policy from either the Scottish Government ...

Jamie Greene
HS2 could be good for Scotland

HS2 could be good for Scotland

VARIOUS REPORTS and studies have been underway in order to determine whether a new HS2 is a good idea or not. In 2011, a report from the Westminster Transport Committee found that there was a ...

Liam Kerr
 Beyond the smoke and mirrors of crime statistics

Beyond the smoke and mirrors of crime statistics

IN HIS BOOK “How the Good Guys Finally Won: Notes from an Impeachment Summer”, journalist Jimmy Breslin suggests "All political power is primarily an illusion... Mirrors and blue smoke, beautiful blue smoke rolling over the ...

Murdo Fraser
SNP abandons science with its hypocritical fracking ban

SNP abandons science with its hypocritical fracking ban

IN THE END, it was an announcement that took no-one by surprise. The SNP’s Energy Minister, Paul Wheelhouse, told the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday that fracking in Scotland was to be banned on a permanent ...

Alex Story
We need a new vision for Europe after Brexit

We need a new vision for Europe after Brexit

FOR BORIS JOHNSON, voting Leave is a Great Escape. Referring to the EU in March 2016, before the June 23 vote, Johnson told the BBC’s Andrew Marr that “the jailer has accidentally left the door ...

Jill Stephenson
The Catalonian defence: Adrenaline for Scottish separatists

The Catalonian defence: Adrenaline for Scottish separatists

THE SCOTTISH NATIONALISTS have been energised by the illegal referendum in Spain – the one that has been declared illegal by the UN chief Ban Ki-moon. They seem totally uninterested in the referendum in Iraqi ...

Murdo Fraser
Is it time for an Amazon Tax?

Is it time for an Amazon Tax?

THE RECENTLY PUBLISHED Barclay Review of Non-Domestic Rates for the Scottish Government contained some interesting ideas about how the current rates system might be reformed. The review stopped short, however, of recommending a wholescale replacement ...

Owen Polley
The EU's Irish position is neither coherent nor credible

The EU's Irish position is neither coherent nor credible

LAST MONTH the government published its Brexit position paper on ‘Northern Ireland and Ireland’ (by which it meant the Irish Republic). It was hardly a scintillating document, but at least it tried to imagine how ...

Miles Saltiel
May didn't buckle under the weight of EU and remainer perfidy

May didn't buckle under the weight of EU and remainer perfidy

My take on Theresa May's Florence speech:

  • Her content was gratifyingly tough. Although emollient in tone, she did not flinch from sotto voce repeating the offer in the Article 50 notice: cooperation on ...